Given the success of last year’s Good Brothers concert to benefit the Weekend to End Breast Cancer, organizer Colleen Ens said she would love to again host the event at the Rockmosa community centre this spring.
Ens told Guelph-Eramosa council she plans to host the second annual fundraiser on May 9 and she asked recently that the township waive the rental fee at the Rockwood venue.
The cost of the hall is $450, plus insurance, a special event permit, and bartender costs, which are to be covered by the individual renting the hall.
The goal of the evening, which will include dinner at 6pm, music by The Good Brothers starting at 9pm, as well as various fundraisers, is to raise money for the Weekend to End Breast Cancer’s 60km walk in September, Ens said.
She explained that each walker in the Toronto event must raise $2,000 to be eligible to participate, and instead of raising the money through more conventional means, she prefers to “give something back to the community.”
She hopes the benefit will raise at least as much as it did last year, when the event covered the cost for two walkers, plus extra.
Ens’ mother, Doris, noted it is not just the concert attendees who help raise money. Last year, every single Rockwood business the group approached agreed to donate what it could to gift baskets for the event.
Councillor John Scott congratulated Ens for her efforts last year and thanked her for choosing to hold the event again in 2009.
If this year’s version is anything like last year’s, it is sure to be a good time, added councillor Doug Breen.
“I had a heck of a time last year,” Breen said. “It was a fantastic night for the community … It’s a no-brainer for me.”
Mayor Chris White agreed.
“Anything we can do to help this cause is great. It’s a wonderful event,” the mayor said.
Council unanimously approved waiving the rental fee for the event.
Councillor Reta Moyer was absent for the decision.